First Nations Liaison Officer

BC Oil & Gas Commission - Fort St. John, BC (30+ days ago)

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(Permit Adjudication Branch)

Permanent Full Time

Competition Number: 201981

BC Oil & Gas Commission, Fort St John

Grid 27: $77,664 - $88,620*

  • Posted salary includes a JMM Allowance of 10% and a Location Allowance of 3%
The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is an independent, single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities
for regulating oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation
and reclamation.

PURPOSE OF POSITION
The First Nations Liaison Officer represents the Commission and supports and protects Crown interests and obligations
through facilitating development and maintenance of productive working relationships between First Nations and
corporate interests in the oil and gas industry. This position provides technical advice and assistance to First Nations
groups concerning Commission programs, government policy, and processes such as are required to promote industry
investment in oil and gas exploration and pipeline development and management in ways intended to secure and
safeguard the aims, aspirations and rights of all parties; conducts consultation, negotiation, and mediation processes to
foster project specific agreements between First Nations and corporate investors as they apply to exploration,
production and pipeline projects on Crown Lands with First Nations interests.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Education:
  • Master’s degree in related field and three years related experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and five years related experience; or
  • Technical diploma in related field and eight years related experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Experience in:
  • Broad project or policy experience related to environmental or natural resource management.
  • Working with First Nations or stakeholders to resolve land use conflicts.
  • Project management including research, policy, and program development.
  • Leading, or participating in, facilitations and conflict resolution with First Nations communities or stakeholders and
government.

  • Dealing with a wide range of resource users such as government, industry, special interest groups, and the public.
  • Preference may be given to those with experience in the oil and gas industry as it relates to First Nations issues.
If you are interested in applying for this role and meet the minimum selection criteria, please submit your cover letter and
resume to OGC.Recruitment@bcogc.ca prior to midnight December 16, 2019. An eligibility list may be established.

For More Information: Recruitment 250 794 5201

6534 Airport Road T 250.794.5200 www.bcogc.ca
Fort St John BC V1J 4M6 F 250.794.5390

OIL AND GAS
COMMISSION

POSITION
DESCRIPTION

573115 / 573175 / 573720 /
POSITION TITLE: First Nations Liaison Officer POSITION #: 573726 / 573732 / 573734 /

573716 / 573700/573099

DIVISION: Applications & Operations CLASSIFICATION: Grid 27

Fort St. John, Victoria, Dawson

Program Area: Major Projects / Permit Adjudication LOCATION:
Creek, Fort Nelson or Terrace

SUPERVISOR’S Director, Major Projects Decision Support /
POSITION #: 573702 / 573197

TITLE: Authorizations Manager

SUPERVISOR’S
Excluded LOCATION: Victoria / Fort St. John

CLASSIFICATION:
The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is an independent, single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities
for regulating oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation
and reclamation.

The Commission’s core roles include reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with First
Nations, ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation and cooperating with partner agencies. The public
interest is protected through the objectives of ensuring public safety, protecting the environment, conserving petroleum
resources and ensuring equitable participation in production.

JOB OVERVIEW
The First Nations Liaison Officer represents the Commission and supports/protects Crown interests and obligations
through facilitating development and maintenance of productive working relationships between First Nations and
corporate interests in the oil and gas industry. This position provides technical advice and assistance to First Nations
groups concerning Commission programs, government policy, and processes such as are required to promote industry
investment in oil and gas exploration and pipeline development and management in ways intended to secure and
safeguard the aims, aspirations and rights of all parties; conducting consultation, negotiation, and mediation processes
to foster project specific agreements between First Nations and corporate investors as they apply to exploration,
production and pipeline projects on Crown Lands with First Nations interests.

ACCOUNTABILITIES
1. Leads and supports consultative processes with First Nations and corporate representatives to facilitate

development of terms and conditions acceptable to First Nations, corporate investors, and the Crown in respect
to oil, gas and pipeline project proposals affecting Crown Lands with First Nations interests (60%):
(a) Leads and supports Commission staff in consultative processes with First Nations;
(b) Ensures that the Commission’s legal obligation to consult First Nations related to potential adverse impacts to

their rights recognized and affirmed under Section 35(1) of the Constitution are met through appropriate
consultation processes;

(c) Represents the Commission in meetings with First Nations Chiefs and Councils to consult on complex
applications as part of the consultation process;

(d) Makes recommendations to the statutory decision maker on conditions to accommodate potential impacts to
First Nation rights and title;

(e) Provides consultation to First Nations representatives to encourage consolidation of their project related to
economic, social, and cultural aims in a manner and framework appropriate for discussion and negotiation with
industry officials;

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6534 Airport Road T 250.794.5200 www.bcogc.ca

Fort St John BC V1J 4M6 F 250.794.5390

(f) Promotes/facilitates/leads discussion and negotiation between concerned First Nations representatives and
industry officials to encourage mutually acceptable settlements; working with the parties individually and
together to mediate issues in dispute that have been elevated in the consultation process;

(g) Oversees the maintenance of the integrity of consultative processes between First Nations and corporate
investors as they pertain to industry specific applications;

(h) Guides First Nations and industry representatives to agreements that meet the letter and spirit of prevailing
federal/provincial legislation and existing Agreements between the Commission and First Nations groups when
issues are elevated in the consultation process;

(i) Documents meetings and discussions between First Nations and Commission staff, industry, and other
interested parties (e.g., local and regional governments, the business community, etc.) as they pertain to the
implementation and management of industry sponsored projects.

2. Develops and maintains working relationships with First Nations and industry representatives to facilitate the on-
going identification and resolution of their respective concerns affecting substantive and sensitive issues that

influence the Commission’s business objectives (15%):
(a) Cultivates development of and working relationships between the Commission, First Nations, and industry to

build trust and respect among First Nations and stakeholders often having dissimilar objectives and interests;
(b) Interprets Commission management policies, agreements, and processes to First Nations leaders and their

representatives in a manner free of technical/engineering language and ambiguities;
(c) Identifies and evaluates potential partnering arrangements between the Commission, First Nations, and industry

and works with appropriate officials within and outside the Commission to enhance First Nations participation in
emerging socio-economic developments.

3. Provides advice and direction to Commission management and staff regarding First Nations issues and concerns
and participates in planning processes for their resolution (15%):
(a) Ensures Commission management is kept current with pending and/or evolving issues affecting First

Nations/Commission interface;
(b) Provides technical support information for cooperative agreements between First Nations and the Commission;
(c) Participates in meetings between internal staff and First Nations to develop strategies to achieve common goals;
(d) Represents the Commission on committees involving other ministries and agencies and other governments to

address First Nations issues;
(e) Participates in development of “interim measures” agreements, MOU’s (new or revised) or other agreements

for First Nations involvement with the Commission;
(f) Works with First Nations leaders to develop and deliver job related training programs and promoting aboriginal

employment and opportunity for work joint ventures between First Nations and industry;
(g) Develops processes to assist the Commission with identifying aboriginal rights as an essential feature to

Commission business planning processes;
(j) Identifies Commission staff training needs related to aboriginal issues and cross-cultural awareness and

participates in development and delivery of appropriate training activities.
4. Performs other duties, such as, but not limited to: (10%)

(a) Delivery of presentations to First Nations, industry, Commission staff, and other interested parties;
(b) Responses to general inquiries on aboriginal issues;
(c) Research and organization of information to promote First Nations participation in oil and gas development

opportunities.

ORGANIZATION CHART
Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Vice President, Applications
Executive Director, Permit Adjudication
Director, Major Projects Decision Support (Major Projects)/ Authorizations Manager (Permit Adjudication)
First Nations Liaison Officer (Topic Position)

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Education:
  • Master’s degree in related field and three years related experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and five years related experience; or
  • Technical diploma in related field and eight years related experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Related fields of education include Aboriginal Studies, Natural Resource Management, Land Use Planning, Land Use Management, Public
Administration, Resource Economics, Land and Resource Management, Geography, and Environmental Management.

Experience in:
  • Broad project or policy experience related to environmental or natural resource management.
  • Working with First Nations or stakeholders to resolve land use conflicts.
  • Project management including research, policy, and program development.
  • Leading, or participating in, conversations, facilitations and conflict resolution with First Nations communities,
stakeholders, industry, special interest groups, government and the public.

  • Preference may be given to those with experience in the oil and gas industry as it relates to First Nations issues.
Knowledge of:
  • Relevant federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations’ regulatory policies, governments, processes, and programs.
  • The relationship between aboriginal issues and the mandate of the Commission.
  • Aboriginal law, including research, data collection, issues management; First Nations assertions to rights and titles.
  • Current, high level environmental issues.
  • Oil & Gas Commission Act, Petroleum and Natural Gas Act, Pipeline Act, and other legislation related to the oil and
gas industry.

  • Processes for the approval of licenses and permits.
Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to exercise judgment and sensitivity in complex and politically sensitive issues.
  • Excellent public relations, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work with limited direction/supervision; to work under pressure with changing priorities.
  • Ability to determine risk as it relates to First Nations rights or title.
  • Ability to meet with members of the public, First Nations’ communities, industry and senior government officials.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise documents, reports and correspondence for management on a wide range of issues
using various pieces of software.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality requirements and make decisions in situations where there may be no favorable
outcome.

KEY COMPETENCIES
  • Relationship Building: working to build or maintain ethical relationships or networks or contacts with people who are,
or may be, potentially helpful in achieving work-related goals and establishing advantages.
  • Listening, Understanding and Responding: the desire and ability to understand and respond effectively to other
people from diverse backgrounds. It includes the ability to understand accurately and respond effectively to spoken
and unspoken or partly expressed thoughts, feelings and concerns of others. People who demonstrate high levels of
this competency show a deep and complex understanding of others, including cross-cultural sensitivity.

  • Conflict Management: the ability to develop working relationships that facilitate the prevention and/or resolution of
conflicts within the organization; to keep one's emotions under control and restrain negative actions when provoked,
faced with opposition or hostility from others, or when working under stress.

  • Building Partnership with Stakeholders: the ability to build long-term or on-going relationships with stakeholder and
rights-holders. This type of relationship is often quite deliberate and is typically focused on the way the relationship is
conducted. Implicit in this competency is demonstrating a respect for and stating positive expectations of the
stakeholder.

  • Organizational Awareness: the acumen to appreciate and the ability to use the power relationships in either one's
own, or other, organization(s). This includes the ability to identify the real decision-makers and the individuals who can
influence them; and to predict how new events or situations will affect individuals and groups within the organization